John Muir


John Muir


[William C. Hendricks]


1419 Taylor St San Fran’ Feb 13th, [1876]

My dear Senator –

Acting upon the suggestions you lately sent Keith & myself endeavored to secure some notices in the newspapers & p[illegible] letters to members. The Record [ Muir?] comes out flatly against as The Bulletin promise to write in favor - & the [ Alta?] has already noticed favorably. Mr Swett wrote to his friend Donovan - & others maybe p[illegible] If the great quantity of work the affair has cost [underlined: you] had at all appeared at the outs[illegible] I could never have had the conscience to have mentioned the thing – neither I’m sure could Keith. I saw Mr [ Waete – last evening wh?] expressed himself hopefully. I published a letter in the Record of the 5th calling attention to our forest trees & the

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[in margin: Jno Muir Feby 13t [illegible] 18 Gen Survey – Keith’s [illegible] [ there?] 176

legislative protection. Have you seen it & do you think the State legislature can do anything – Make any move towards this much to –be desired result I suppose our Washington Senators could be instructed by the legislature to call the attention of congress to the question. The entire subject however seems thickly beset with difficulties of a practical nature that may make any adequate protection impossible. As for the reorganization of the geological Survey the views we discussed are in the main perhaps the best possible under the circumstances, & could not I think fail to be satisfactory although it may be difficult to regain public confidence in practical science in this connection.

Ever Cordially yrs John Muir

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San Fran[cisco]


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